Recently, I shared with you how to make a pillow, but in that post I didn’t go into the different ways to close a pillow once you’ve made the cover and inserted the pillow form. There are several ways to close a pillow – you can machine stitch the bottom edges closed, insert a zipper, or you can use my favorite method – hand sew a pillow closed using a ladder stitch. That’s the method I’ll be sharing with you today.
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How To Hand Sew A Pillow Closed
MATERIALS NEEDED TO HAND-SEW A PILLOW CLOSED
- Pillow form – I really like Fairfield’s Soft Touch polyester forms
- Dual Duty Plus Hand Quilting thread that matches fabric
- Hand-sewing needle – the ones that I like to use are John James Long Darners #7
- Leather thimble from Clover
- Sewing kit – This is a great little sewing kit that has everything you need to hand-sew your pillow closed, and would be useful to have while traveling.
Here’s a short video I did showing how to hand sew a pillow closed using the ladder stitch. Written instructions are below the video.
1) Before hand sewing a pillow closed, I recommend serging the bottom edges of the pillow. This will help keep the edges of the fabric from fraying.
2) After serging the bottom edges, sew a stitching line 3/8″ away from edges of fabric along the bottom side. This will give you a good guideline for making your 1/2″ fold/seam allowance.
4) Continue on across the bottom edge of the pillow from right to left.
5) When you get to the left side of the pillow, make a knot.
Here you can see the bottom of the finished pillow closed with the ladder stitch. The ladder stitch really does make a nice closure for the pillow. Hard to tell that it isn’t a regular machine-stitched seam.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my how to hand-sew a pillow closed tutorial!
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